TOST non-alcoholic sparkling is the has made a name for itself the world over and now the original White Tea, Cranberry and Ginger sparkling is here!
Tost Non-Alcoholic Sparkling is a complex blend of sweet fruity notes, tart cranberry and crisp dry white tea and ginger. A new style of non-alcoholic sparkling, Tost focuses on delivering all-natural alcohol-free sparkling that supports you in choosing how you drink.
Thanks to the good folk at Brunswick Aces, had access to a bottle to review for you!
|Calories:||19 calories / 100ml|
|Colour:||Deep Golden, Orange Tinge.|
|Main Notes:||Cranberry + Fruit|
|Cost:||$18 – $20.|
There are sweet bright and vibrant flavours of fruit, cranberry, white tea and ginger through the Tost Non-Alcoholic Sparkling. Initially sweet and fruity, the complexity of the sparkling develops in your mouth and is finished with a dry crispness from white tea.
The vibrant carbonation helps develop an enjoyably creamy mouthfeel. The mouthfeel and carbonation are almost identical to the Tost Rose that I review and wrote up recently.
As I drink my way through a glass of the Tost Sparkling I come back to a flavour profile that is:
- Cranberry led.
- Sweet and fruity citrus notes.
- Slightly dried off and crisp from white tea and ginger.
Flavour Reference Point: Fruit Tingles
For those of you in Australia and whoever had ‘Fruit Tingles’ as a kid (or adult for that matter), the mouthfeel and profile of the Tost Sparkling can be likened to the result of the pink fruit tingle and purple fruit tingle having a baby, and that baby has now grown up into an adult flavoured fruit tingle!
Back to the Tost Sparkling, it is a crisp sparkling this is completely different from any other option on the market as the closest it gets to traditional sparkling is the style of the bottle it is in!
Is it for you? Well, that’s wrapped up below!
In terms of body and drinkability, it gets a great tick. Given Tost Rose is not a wine, it does benefit from the use of sugar which supports the overall body by adding depth and roundedness to the flavour profile.
Just keep in mind, if you are looking for a glass of sparkling rose that replicates the traditional berry flavours of rose like the Tautila, Leitz, Funky Monkey or Vinada, you’re not likely to find it in the Tost.
So, while it isn’t for those looking for the traditional flavours of a rose, who would like it and where would it work?
As a general rule, if you enjoy fruity and complex or a sweet, but not too sweet, drink you are going to enjoy the Tost Sparkling. Tost is best described as a ‘ready to drink style sparkling with a grown-up taste profile’.
Tost has been created to have a flavour profile of its own but give you the experience of sparkling wine.
If you are looking for a traditional style non-alcoholic sparkling wine, you’re likely to need to look elsewhere as the Tost is creating a category of its own by colliding the complexity of flavours that come from traditional sparkling wine with food-tech innovation and grown-up tea-based and cranberry flavour profiles.
If you’ve decided the Tost isn’t for you, it’s not all doom and gloom – far from it. There are other options out there for every taste, including:
- Vinada Sparkling Chardonnay (Dry, crisp and sharp sparkling wine).
- Vinada Airen (Slightly sweet yet replicates authentic sparkling notes).
- Barton & Guestier (Made with 100% Muscat grapes this is filled with floral and fruity notes).
- Monday Distillery Dram Sour (for your ready to drink options).
- Yes You Can (also for your ready to drink options).
- In Australia, buying a bottle of Tost is growing all the time and non-alcoholic stores like Brunswick Aces and Craft Zero are great local options to help you get a bottle in your hands and Tost in your glass.Each bottle locally in Australia will cost you around $18 – $21 and is available in 750ml options now although in the US market 4-packs of 250ml single-serve bottles are available for purchase.I’ll keep you updated should these land in Australia!If you’re looking to give it a go, links to get you started are all below:
Tost Non Alcoholic Sparkling is completely alcohol free and is made without the use of alcohol. Tost is not a fermented beverage and uses carbonated water as base, therefore alcohol is never included in the manufacturing process.
Tost non-alcoholic sparkling contains only natural ingredients and is made with:
- Carbonated Water.
- Organic Blue Agave.
- White Tea.
- White Cranberry Concentrate.
- Natural Ginger & Citrus Extract.
- Natural Flavours Citric Acid, Quinine.
On average the Tost non-alcoholic sparkling has 19 calories and 4.6 grams of sugar per 100ml. It is a low calorie and average sugar option that is all-natural, gluten-free, kosher and vegan friendly.
Compared to the Tost Rose, that I wrote up and you can read over here, the Sparkling has slightly more sugar and is higher in calories.
|Calories per 100ml||Sugar per 100ml|
|Tost Rose||16.7 Calories||3.75 Grams|
|Tost Sparkling||19 Calories||4.6 Grams|
Having researched and compared over 20 non-alcoholic wines for sugar and calorie profiles (you can read it here), the Tost is slightly above average.
On average non-alcoholic wine sugar and calories came in at:
- Calories: 20 cal /100ml; and
- Sugar: 4 grams / 100ml.
If you’re keen for a full breakdown, the full nutritional panel is dropped in below for more information.
Per Serving (240ml)
|Protein||<0.1 g||<0.1 g|
|Fat, total||<0.1 g||<0.1 g|
|— saturated||<0.1 g||<0.1 g|
|Carbohydrate||11 g||4.6 g|
|— sugars||11 g||4.6 g|
|Sodium||<0.01 mg||<0.01 mg|
The Tost Non-Alcoholic Sparkling comes in slightly above that number but is well within the acceptable range. Compared to other sparkling wine options the Tost is doing well and falls in below the:
- Vinada Sparkling Chardonnay – 18 calories and 4 grams of sugar per 100ml.
- Vinada Sparkling Rose – 18 calories and 5 grams of sugar per 100ml.
- Oddbird Blanc de Blancs Sparkling – 27.5 calories and 6.3 grams of sugar per 100ml.
Currently the Tost range is made up of the Tost Sparkling you’re reading about here and the Rose that I wrote up recently, and you can read up about here.
These currently come in singles in the US market but are yet to land in Australia. In terms of new products, the Tost team said the team may be looking at the potential:
- One or two additional products – think orange and grape.
- A light version.
- Alternate packaging options.
The Tost Non-Alcoholic Sparkling is, like Tost say, a drink with its own flavour profile that helps you enjoy the experience of sparkling wine.
Personally, for me, I place the Tost as an ‘occasion’ drink. I can see this being a great option for when I want to dial cocktails I am making for friends to 11 and as that sitting around the dinner table with friends ‘between dinner and desert’ option.
For me, this comes in just like the Rose at 7 / 10. While I’m inclined to go for a traditional tasting drink when I can, the Tost is going to make many brunches, lunches, and dinner parties lively and enjoyable due to the bright and upbeat flavour profile it provides.
A true summer thirst quencher, if you’re interested in trying it out I would recommend it at least once – you’ll no doubt be surprised by the complexity and depth of flavour. Links are below again for you!
- Amazon US 1 Bottle or 6 Bottles.
- Brunswick Aces (TIPPLE12 at checkout gets you 12% off)
- Craft Zero (TZERO at checkout gets you 10% off)